Accusing Mr. Darcy by Kelly Miller

Hi Guys, and welcome back! I hope you are all still safe, and if you are not in lockdown, please remember your masks! This week I ought to have been in Bath for the yearly reunion with friends and like-minded people who love Jane Austen, but due to Corona, I am at home… *cries into a handkerchief* But today I am the next stop on the blog tour for Kelly Miller’s new mystery/romance Pride and Prejudice Variation, “Accusing Mr. Darcy”

Back Cover Copy:

Could Fitzwilliam Darcy harbour a shocking, sinister secret?

Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet count themselves among the many guests of the Kendall family, whose estate lies amidst the picturesque hills, gorges, and rocky slopes of the Peak District in Derbyshire. Elizabeth’s cousin Rose Kendall believes her dashing brother-in-law, Captain James Kendall, is Elizabeth’s ideal match. Rose’s husband, Nicholas, hopes his good friend Darcy—a rich, proud, and taciturn gentleman with a spotless reputation—will fancy one of the other eligible lady guests.

News of a brutal killing at a neighbouring estate sends a wave of shock through the genial group of friends and family. When one of the Kendalls’ guests is attacked, all of the gentlemen become suspects, but the former Bow Street runner tasked with investigating the crime finds the evidence against Mr Darcy particularly compelling.

In this romantic mystery, the beloved couple from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice cross paths with a ruthless killer. When faced with dire warnings against Mr Darcy, will Elizabeth heed them or follow the dictates of her heart?

Review of “Accusing Mr Darcy”

This new P&P variation is like nothing I have ever read before! It was murder, mystery, romance and uncertainty about the ending of my favourite literary couple!

Elizabeth is to visit her cousin Rose in Derbyshire for a house party, but soon a maid is killed… who killed her? Could it be one of the guests at the house party or an unknown assailant?! “The game is afoot” as a certain detective would have said!

And boy oh boy was the game afoot indeed! Elizabeth is attacked!! And for a while even I as a reader suspected handsome Fitzwilliam Darcy! Yes, you read that right, Darcy is accused of attacking Elizabeth! Can you imagine?! Kelly certainly didn’t give us a lot of clues, but gosh she had me at the edge of my seat practically until the last word! But Kelly did reveal at some point just who the murderer was, with little hints, here and there, and if you are observant, you will get them, and figure out just who killed the maid, and who attacked Elizabeth…

But boy was I glad when the murderer finally was revealed! And when Elizabeth and Darcy FINALLY could say their vows to each other, and step into their much-awaited future, after quite a dramatic house party. I can only congratulate Kelly, and advise her to get this book made into audiobooks ASAP! I will be waiting for that!

GUYS! GIVEAWAY TIME! Giveaway:

Meryton Press is giving away 8 eBooks of Accusing Mr Darcy. So hurry and join for the chance to get a copy of this mysterious and deeply romantic book! I would if I hadn’t already read it!

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Author Bio:

Kelly Miller is a native Californian and Anglophile, who made her first visit to England in 2019. When not pondering a plot point or a turn of phrase, she can be found playing the piano (although like Elizabeth Bennet, she is errant when it comes to practising), singing, and walking her dogs. Kelly Miller resides in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter, and their many pets.

Accusing Mr Darcy is her third novel published by Meryton Press. Her previous books are: Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley, a Pride and Prejudice Regency romantic sequel with a touch of fantasy; and Mr Darcy’s Perfect Match, a Pride and Prejudice Regency romantic variation.

Kelly’s blog page is found at www.kellymiller.merytonpress.com, her Twitter handle is @kellyrei007, Instagram: kelly.miller.author, and she is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Kelly.Miller

So, that is it for this time around, I hope I entertained you all a little, and congratulation to Kelly on her new book, and wish her all due succes.

The Longbourn Quarantine

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Back Cover Blurb;

 “Papa handed Mama a brace of pistols. Her tears, Mr Darcy, her tears: yet, all she did was nod when Papa looked at us and said, ‘You know what to do if they enter the icehouse.’”

Refugees flood the roads. A feared spectre has escaped London’s grimy docklands and now threatens the wealthy districts. Amongst that ragged steam is a single carriage jostling its way toward Meryton. Inside are the Darcy siblings along with Charles and Caroline Bingley. They desperately seek the safety of Netherfield Park.

For all their riches, they could not evade the epidemic’s dark hand. Bingley’s leasehold had been reduced to rubble as roving bands raped, pillaged, and burned. The only sanctuary was Longbourn where once installed, the Darcys and Bingleys were barred from leaving by a fortnight’s quarantine.

Events converge with disease in The Longbourn Quarantine. Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy abandon old prejudices to face grief and mourning. Pride is set aside as Death hovers nearby. The couple forges ahead knowing that love unexplored is love lost: that words must be said lest they remain unspoken in the time of smallpox.

Review of “A Longbourn Quarantine”

From the desk of A Jane Austen Girl comes a review of Pride and Prejudice variation author Don Jacobson, and his new book, a book which shines quite a light through the current world situation, like a beacon of hope for the future.

Like our world today, the Longbourn family is similarly in quarantine due to smallpox, instead of a virus similar to influenza and pneumonia. In a surprise stroke, Don places the Netherfield party as enforced guests on the household of the Bennet’s.

During this book, in a span of two weeks, the Bennet family and the Netherfield party are forced to span all their time together, and as tragedy strikes, the two parties are forced to change their views on each other and themselves. A commanding Mrs Bennet, quiet Kitty and Lydia, an understanding and somewhat humorous Darcy is found during the reading, and a Bingley who is forced to grow up, and learn some harsh truths, a social understanding Georgiana and Mary, and lastly an Elizabeth who slowly becomes aware of her view of people around her, is faulty.

Another strike of surprise, came from Don Jacobson’s pen namely the one opening the eyes of Elizabeth to Darcy fell to the most unlikely source imaginative… Guess whom! I was thoroughly surprised. I will give a clue, Don has redeemed this character in another of his books.

But finally, the book ended on quite a lovely epilogue who has the characters happy and with bright futures ahead, with their matches in happy marriages. Even if the future might hold more unforeseen circumstances, quarantines and illnesses, but always with the promise of hope for the future.

Don has been so kind as to give us a peek into the novella/book, just so we want to get our hands on it even more than we already do, hehe. Enjoy!

Chapter 11

Thursday’s dawn crept on silent feet toward Longbourn. First, the very tips of the Chiltern Uplift to the west caught the earliest rays, pink at first, but soon richening to a ruddier rose. Upon Gaia’s command, the ridgeline shifted from orange to workaday green as tree-covered slopes asserted themselves. Creeping eastward, the blush swirled around the deciduous carpet that flowed from the heights into the Mimram’s valley. The morning mists trapped by the great oaks lining the lane were the last to transform from featureless gray to a cottony whiteness that dissipated into invisibility.

On the bare edge of her hearing, shielded as it was by her musings, Lizzy registered Jane’s gentle snoring. For someone considered the most beautiful woman in the neighborhood, Jane Bennet managed more than one unladylike wheeze or snuffle as she slept the sleep of the innocent. However, neither the pleasant nor the annoying could distract Elizabeth’s inner contemplation from an enigma that stood over six feet tall and had rich blue eyes beneath a high forehead framed by dark brown, near-black waves.

Her existence had been upended by Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley in Derbyshire. Elizabeth’s estimation of the man had been tested every time she encountered evidence of the way he had inserted himself into life at Longbourn.

Mr Darcy once again had determined to prove incorrect her notions of his personality. She long had comforted herself with the sense that her first impressions established within an hour of making the man’s acquaintance were not mistaken. His history had not offered any information to the contrary. However, since the Bingley and Darcy siblings had been forced to shelter at Longbourn, the Derbyshire gentleman conspired to destroy every prejudice she had lovingly crafted and cherished for half a year.

Mr Darcy was a study in contrasts that punched holes in her sketch of his character.

Shortly after his arrival, a sennight ago, he had expressed a degree of compassion for the poor benighted souls struggling with the disease.

Then he offered that the militia should have done more against those same rioters.

While her initial reaction was outrage, Elizabeth recalled that she had heard her father and Sir William utter similar sentiments in the days since the sack of Netherfield. Such an opinion was no confirmation of Mr Darcy’s aloofness or pride. To believe that Mr Darcy’s expression of such feelings was confirmation of his haughtiness would have forced her to accuse two of Meryton’s leading gentlemen with the same deadly sin. On the contrary, that Mr Darcy shared the sensibilities of Papa and Sir William showed that the man had been shaped by similar forces, which made him typical of his class.

Mr Darcy also had deviated from the way Lizzy assumed wealthy gentlemen would act. Rather than demonstrating humanity, Elizabeth had estimated that someone with ten thousand a year would have subscribed to an alms collection to avoid descending from his lofty perch to consort with those enjoying his beneficence. The image of Mr Darcy rubbing shoulders with the masses seemed ridiculous and out of his grasp. Lizzy had believed that Darcy would have felt that his wealth would absolve him of any need to care. To her, he was stiff and proud, looking down on people as if they were no more important than ants scurrying through the dust around his immaculate Hessians.

Yet, since the shredding of the Bingleys’ felicity, the overbearing Derbyshire man had spent days consoling his friend. He also had been equally gentle with Miss Bingley while observing all that was proper to avoid raising any expectations on her part.

His intimacy with Bingley led Lizzy to doubt her original assessment of Mr Darcy’s character—neither a dispassionate appraisal nor, she grudgingly admitted, one grounded in observed behavior.

Was this the man who maliciously had denied Mr Wickham a valuable living bequeathed to him and, thus, had cast his childhood friend into penury? Would the same man have been willing to sit unshaved and indifferently clothed at a school friend’s bedside? The logical inconsistency of Mr Darcy refusing comfort to his oldest friend, George Wickham, while granting succour to someone of more recent acquaintance struck Elizabeth as nothing less than the fatal flaw in her analysis. Unless Mr Darcy was a rattle and fickle beyond all words—neither description suitable for the gentleman—he could not have changed so in the five years since his father’s death. One part of the formulation had to be untrue. Elizabeth had seen Mr Darcy tend to Mr Bingley with her own eyes. She had only heard Mr Wickham’s tale of woe at the hands of the gentleman. As Mr Bacon would have argued, a posteriori, the first-hand observed former disproved the second-hand shared latter.

Of the greatest import was Mr Darcy’s confession to Jane and Bingley of his intervention in their affairs. Her beloved sister had confirmed that Mr Darcy explained all that had occurred after the Netherfield ball. He had stressed that his interference was rooted in a misguided attempt to protect Bingley from a fortune hunter inspired by her mother’s effusions about jewels, pin money, and carriages.

In a late-night tête-à-tête after Georgiana had abandoned Lizzy’s chamber for Mary’s—the two young women having begun a friendship that extended beyond music—Jane revealed that Mr Darcy had perceived no particular evidence of her regard for Mr Bingley during their autumn mating dance. Lizzy gently reminded Jane of Charlotte’s injunction about putting herself forward to give proof of her affection lest a gentleman confuse her reserve for indifference.

A flustered Miss Bennet had explained her misgivings about that advice. “I had heard our mother expound about showing men that we possessed what they wanted most.” At this Jane cupped her night rail-covered bosom in both hands and lifted it high in a mockery of what she imagined her mother meant. “I could never be so forward as to act the harlot. I have since realized that, while I listened to Charlotte, I heard our mother. Now I know what our friend meant. I promise you, Lizzy, Charles knows my heart.”

“Charles?” Lizzy teased.

Jane’s blushes glowed in the flickering candlelight.

“He is in mourning, you know,” Elizabeth said softly.

A resolute Jane replied, “He has said that he cares neither for form nor propriety that would continue to divide us. Given the number of persons affected—gentle and rude alike—there would be no weddings until the year thirteen if all adhered to these restrictions! True, he is devastated by Mrs Hurst’s death, but he feels that he has been bereaved for six months lamenting our lost time. And, Charles refuses to place his life in abeyance into the next year.”

A wide-eyed Elizabeth repeated her earlier question and added another. “Charles? Weddings? Jane Hadley Bennet, what are you hiding from me?”

Jane’s head dipped, her burnished blonde plait falling across her shoulder. She whispered as if the words would flee like a sparrow gingerly approaching a picnic blanket in search of crumbs. “We do have an understanding. He has spoken with Papa. Our father has given Charles and me his blessing to wed when we see fit once we are freed from quarantine. But he begged us not to mention anything to Mama while we are all still confined. You grasp the need, I am sure.”

Embraces and tears were shared between the sisters over the stalk of happiness that had sprouted from the burned-over landscape.

The recollection of her father’s admonition—given in fear of spending upcoming days in the company of an overheated Mrs Bennet—now brought to mind Wednesday’s parlor tableau. Elizabeth had found Mr Darcy congenially conversing with Mrs Bennet. Her subsequent knowledge of his confession to Jane and Charles now gave Lizzy the context of his undertaking with her mother. The alteration in Mama’s opinion of the gentleman showed as much about her good sense in accepting his explanation as about the man’s humility. He clearly could not live with the inner knowledge of his poor behavior. He needed to amend what he could, admit what he could not, and beg pardon for both.

Elizabeth leaned her forehead against the chilled windowpane and closed her eyes against the brightening countryside. A bilious wave rose into her gorge. She now understood how mistakenly she had considered the accusations she had laid against Mr Darcy’s reputation and character. She had fallen prey to the wolves of injured pride.

She had misjudged Mr Darcy because of injured feelings that had rendered her blind to his inner goodness.

And, now, he had been gone from Longbourn for the better part of a day, nearby but as unreachable as the Moon.

Author Bio;

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Don Jacobson has written professionally since his post-collegiate days as a wire service reporter in Chicago. His output has ranged from news and features to advertising, television and radio. His work has been nominated for Emmys and other awards. Earlier in his career, he published five books, all non-fiction.

He holds an advanced degree in History with specialities in Modern European History and the History of American Foreign Relations. As a college instructor, Don teaches United States History, World History, the History of Western Civilization and Research Writing.

Don turned his passion for reading The Canon into writing #Austeesque Fiction. He has published thirteen works in the genre since late 2015. As a member of The Austen Authors Collective, Don joins (and he is modestly bowing his head to admit that he is the knave in this deck of Queens and Kings) other Janeites who seek to extend the Mistress’ stories beyond the endings she so carefully crafted.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

And FINALLY, the Meryton Press is giving away 1 ebook of “The Longbourn Quarantine” to a lucky winner of the giveaway! So leave a comment to be part of the giveaway, and best of luck!

ElizabethOBSTINATE, HEADSTRONG GIRL

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Hi All, yeah I am back! Everyone had a good summer, I hope? I did, thank you, staying in Denmark sadly, even if I was to go to America, well next time! But I am glad to be able to present the upcoming audiobook of “Elizabeth; Obstinate, headstrong Girl” Since I read it in the spring, I have only looked forward to hearing it in audio, and now here it is! Since it was a collection of stories, I admit to having my favourites in the regency set ones, but I enjoyed all of them immensely since the authors write wonderfully, and the stories are engaging and funny.

⭐️Important dates:

Shock and horror, you can pre-order the Audiobook, TODAY (10th of august!) OMG!

Audiobook pre-order at Audible and Amazon: August 10th

Release: August 31, 2020

⭐️About the book: e-book, trade paperback, pp.350; audiobook: 14.2 hours

With timeless verve, the heroine of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet, bares her intimate thoughts while offering biting social commentary through a collection of romantic re-imaginings, sequels, and prequels, set in the Regency to present-day by ten popular Austenesque authors. Foreword by NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Tessa Dare. “I think her as delightful a character as ever appeared in print…” wrote Jane Austen in a letter, January 1813―and we think so too!

Stories by Amy D’Orazio, Jenetta James, Christina Morland, Beau North, Joana Starnes, Karen M Cox, Elizabeth Adams, Leigh Dreyer, J. Marie Croft, and Christina Boyd.

 

⭐️About the voice actor Elizabeth Grace:

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Originally from the East Midlands in the UK, Elizabeth Grace now lives in South London (via two years in Amsterdam). She is a full-time actor, voice-over artist, and narrator.

Elizabeth began her professional performing career a little later in life and has been studying at Identity School of Acting in London since 2019. Prior to that, she had a career agency side in Marketing which explains her penchant for client services.

Since 2019, she has been growing her professional portfolio on top of the amateur theatre work she began in her formative years. She has now been a part of many projects from short films and web series to audio dramas and audiobook narration. Visit her website: https://www.elizabethgraceofficial.com/

I promise she is very good! I have been allowed a sneak peek into the audiobook, and I am giving you the same opportunity, so go and enjoy, I certainly did; https://soundcloud.com/christina-angel-boyd/elizabeth-obstinate-headstrong-girl-the-uncommonly-busy-lane-by-joana-starnes

It is the story called “The Uncommonly busy lane” by dear Joana Starnes, a dear friend and a very talented authoress, who has now published nine books if memory serves.

Excerpt from “The Uncommonly Busy Lane to Longbourn” ~

“May I join you?”

The sound of Mr. Darcy’s voice catches me unawares. I did not notice his return until now, when he is standing beside me, a cup of punch in each hand. I am tempted to observe that, as he can see, I am currently devoid of company and beggars cannot be choosers. But that would be uncivil even as a jest, so I only say, “Pray do.”

He offers me one of the cups, for which I am grateful, as no one else had thought of bringing me refreshments. Not even Jane. I thank him as he pulls himself a chair.

“My pleasure,” he says, then falls silent. This time, I cannot give myself the trouble of forcing him to converse. I sip my drink and shrug. He may do as he pleases.

The fortunate souls with full command over their unharmed limbs are lining up for another set. As I sit watching them with undiminished envy, my companion decides to break his vow of silence.

“My apologies for the earlier display of temper. I should have grasped that you had no wish to draw further notice to your predicament,” he says, much to my surprise. I rather thought him incapable of acknowledging himself at fault.

“Ah, yes, my predicament,” I say, choosing to make light of it.

“Are you still in pain?”

“Only if I attempt to stand,” I answer truthfully, which makes him glower at my cousin. To my unholy satisfaction, the glare has the power to arrest Mr. Collins’s capers. He blanches and nearly stumbles into my friend Charlotte’s back.

“That man should be tethered to a chair,” Mr. Darcy mutters between his teeth, and I cannot help laughing. He is not wrong there.

“Mr. Bingley’s ballroom would certainly be a safer place should Mr. Collins be thus confined.” And gagged, for good measure! But I keep the latter preference to myself.

Mr. Darcy turns towards me, no hint of amusement in his eyes.

“I would like to finish what I had to say before we were interrupted,” he solemnly announces.

“And that is?”

“A word of warning: Mr. Wickham is not a man to be trusted.”

I bristle, as much at the tone as at the implications.

“And I should believe you without question?”

“Yes.”

“Why?”

“Why should you believe him?”

Because his very countenance vouches for his open and amiable temper, which is more than I can say of yours, I would very much like to snap. But, unlike Mr. Darcy, I am mindful of my manners. So, I merely ask, “What makes you think I do?”

“You spoke of his lifelong suffering.”

“Which, of course, is not of your infliction,” I scoff.

His left brow arches in the most provoking manner.

“Precisely,” he says. Just that, and nothing more.

I frown and refrain from informing him that, much as it will shock him, not everyone alive is eager to take his word as the gospel truth. I only say, “I thank you for your warning. I shall bear it in mind.”

Had I purposely set out to rile Mr. Darcy, now I might have rejoiced in my success, for he looks well on his way to losing his temper as he tersely says, “It is particularly incumbent on those who cling to their opinions to be secure of judging properly at first.”

I give a dismissive shrug. “Naturally.”

He verily scowls. “Has anyone told you that you can be awfully headstrong?”

“No. To my good fortune, most of those in my circle are well-mannered.”

I am rather proud of my aptly coined set-down. Sadly, its effect is ruined by Lydia, who could not have chosen a worse time to rush past us, chasing after Kitty and seeking to pull the ribbons from her hair.

“So I see,” says Mr. Darcy and takes his leave with a stiff bow.

⭐️Giveaway: The #OmgItsOHG (Oh-my-gosh, it’s Obstinate Headstrong Girl) Audiobook Tour begins August 18 with voice actress reading and we hope you will continue to join us and connect at each stop for continued readings, narrator interviews, excerpts, and giveaways. We’ve included a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway, open worldwide, so be sure to participate. Simply comment on the blog stops to be counted for the giveaway (you need not comment everywhere to be entered in that drawing, but we hope you’ll have your share of the conversation.) Ends September 8.

 

⭐️ Links:

Audible:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51329630-elizabeth

Paperback and e-book buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998654051/

The Quill Ink: https://www.thequillink.com/blog

Amazon; https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Obstinate-Headstrong-Quill-Collective/dp/B08FCSJ33D/1

 

Now that the new audiobook is coming, then come on, go and be part of the giveaway, I might even do it, to get my hands on a copy of the audiobook *Winks* A girl always needs her books in more than one form, well I do at least hehe.

Kellynch: Dragon Persuasion

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Hi All, this time I am involved in a cross-genre, one which I dearly love and one I hadn’t tried before. Fantasy vs Jane Austen, namely dragons and Persuasion. Honestly, I didn’t know what to think as I started to read it, but I was pleasantly surprised.  At first, I was quite critical about the whole idea of Dragons in England, especially in my favourite Austen book, but as I thought back and have also followed the earlier posted blog entries from other authors. One of them cleverly used the old English folk legends about dragons and Arthurian times, which suddenly gave a lot of meaning for me personally.

 

Dragons of Kellynch Book Description;

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In order to secure her future, a young lady must marry well.

One would think Anne Elliot, a baronet’s daughter, would find the marriage mart far easier to navigate than a more ordinary woman. One would be wrong.

After refusing a poor, but otherwise perfect sailor, on the advice of her friend Lady Russell, Anne finds an unhappy choice before her: marry deathly dull Charles Musgrove or hope against hope that another suitable proposal might come her way before she becomes a spinster on the shelf.

Anne’s disgracefully independent choice to refuse Charles’ offer turns her world entirely arsey-varsey and not in the expected turned upside-down sort of way. She begins to see things … hear things … things like dragons.

And once one sees dragons, one talks to them. And when one talks to them, nothing is ever the same again.

Must a young lady marry well if she hears dragons?

 

Maria has been so very good as to allow us a peek into the second Persuasion Dragon book, which is very good, even if surprising in my opinion. So please enjoy the excerpt of Kellynch; Dragon Persuasion.

Kellynch: Dragon Persuasion

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Keeping a hibernating dragon should have been a simple thing.

Should have been, but it was not. Apparently, nothing involving dragons was ever simple, at least not for Anne Elliot, junior Keeper to dragon Kellynch.

With the estate in debt, Anne’s father in denial, and the dragon’s treasure missing, Kellynch’s awakening was shaping up to be nothing short of a catastrophe. Not to mention there was the pesky matter of her own broken heart and resentment against the old friend who had caused it.

Captain Frederick Wentworth had spent his life making something of himself in the Navy. With the war that kept him employed at an end and a small fortune in prize money, he found himself beached and at loose ends. What was he to do with himself now—take a wife like Laconia, his dragon Friend, insisted? Not, when none compared to the woman who had broken his heart.

Working as an agent of the Blue Order, managing dragon matters across England, seemed a much better alternative. At least until investigating one such matter sent him directly in the path of Anne Elliot, the woman who had ruined him for all others.

Now a royal dragon rages, a sleeping dragon lurks, and too many treasures have gone missing. Can Anne and Wentworth lay aside resentment, pride, and heartbreak to prevent Kellynch’s awakening from ending in bloodshed—or worse?

Jane Austen meets Pern in a fantastical regency romp bound to delight readers of Jane Austen and Anne McCaffrey alike.

 

About Maria GraceMaria Grace author pic

Six-time BRAG Medallion Honoree, Maria Grace has her PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counselling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behaviour sciences. She pretends to be a mild-mannered writer/cat-lady, but most of her vacations require helmets and waivers or historical costumes, usually not at the same time.

She writes gas lamp fantasy, historical romance and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction. Her books are available at all major online booksellers.

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GIVEAWAY TIME

Maria Grace is giving away one e-book copy of her book.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, Maria, and thank you for allowing my readers and myself a peek into your idea of Austen’s beloved books, where, of course, dragons exist.

Madness in Meryton by Jayne Bamber

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Hello All, I am again welcoming a returning authoress to my blog, namely lovely and creative Jayne Bamber, and this time her new book, “Madness in Meryton”

I was quite surprised at the precept of a time loop, but it was beyond my wildest imaginations! The loop made quite a bit of madness for the inhabitants of Meryton.

Book Description;

Madness in Meryton

Review of “Madness in Meryton”

In this JAFF variation, P&P meets Groundhog Day. On Market Day in Meryton, the most peculiar thing happens to Elizabeth Bennet, the light strikes the middle of the square, which is weird in itself on a cloudless day. Elizabeth buys a necklace during the market Day.

Next morning another peculiar thing happens, namely that Elizabeth wakes in bed with Mary, even if she went to bed alongside Jane. And when she goes into her room, Jane remarks that she is looking forward to Market Day. Only Market Day was the day before! During the day, Elizabeth tries to change several small things, which makes the day more pleasant.

I was dumbfounded by the plot at this point and wondered what Jayne was up to with this plot since it was a little mad.

After a pleasant day, with minor annoyances during the day, and foolishness from her family, Elizabeth goes to bed with Jane again. And yet again she woke up with Mary and her elbow in her face, – and yet again it is Market Day, and Elizabeth decides to have a bit of fun of her family, including Mr Collins, which makes quite a bit of trouble.

Soon Darcy and Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam is included in the returning market day. Several characters run amok during the repeated day, and several unforeseen events take place. Truly madness, in the best sense! And add Wickham, Miss Bingley and Georgiana Darcy into the mix.

The time loop in the story was brilliantly plotted and executed as well, but what madness this plot let me through! Absolutely loved the idea of how the repeated day could lead to different outcomes, – and what madness it leads to!

And of course, Darcy and Elizabeth are dancing around each other. They fall in love, during this repeated day… but will it be a Happily Ever After? I will let you, dear readers decide that.

Giveaway;

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Author Bio;

Jayne Bamber Author Pic[6176]Jayne Bamber is a life-long Austen fan and a total sucker for costume dramas. Jayne read her first Austen variation as a teenager and has spent more than a decade devouring as many of them as she can. This, of course, has led her to the ultimate conclusion of her addiction, writing one herself. 

Jayne’s favourite Austen work is Sense and Sensibility, though Sanditon is a strong second. Despite her love for Pride and Prejudice, Jayne realizes that she is no Lizzy Bennet, and is, in fact, growing up to be Mrs Bennet more and more each day.

All of her books can be found on Amazon and their affiliates.

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Victoria Kincaid Reviews

Hi All, can you believe that July is nearly over already? Well I have promised a few reviews to lovely Victoria Kincaid so here they are.

“When Mary met the colonel” by Victoria Kincaid

During the wedding celebration of Darcy and Elizabeth, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam is forced to seek respite in the Longbourn gardens, where he meets Mary Bennet, lover of history and shy maiden. Here an attraction starts, on both sides due to knowledge of the recent battles on the continent.

They part as friends, and Mary with a promise of becoming better at showing her beauty to the outside world.

Richard is infatuated fairly quickly, which is quite adorable, even if he dismisses it, which makes the reader nearly despair. But when Richard returns from the front, injured and unable to walk, Mary plans to come to Derbyshire to see him again, since her heart is engaged.

At Woodly Manor in Matlock their mutual attraction grows and deepen, as Mary helps Richard regain muscle and feeling in his legs. The deepening of their attraction made this reader sigh and reaffirm my conviction of true love prevails- after one possible suitor, Richard storms to the rescue to win the heart of the woman who he has lost his heart to. And of course Victoria gives us another heartwarming and sweet ending. I loved it and can’t wait to hear the newly produced audiobook version of this charming short story.

“Rebellion at Longbourn” by Victoria Kincaid

Mr Bennet has died, and Collins has taken over Longbourn Manor, and is slowing destroying the childhood home of the Bennet girls who are being kept as unpaid servants for their “bed and board” in the manor. Though Elizabeth is slowly building a rebellion by helping tenants, getting livestock and getting the equipment necessary to run Longbourn to a decent harvest under the nose of Mr Collins and his demanding patroness Lady Catherine de bough. The Bennet girls even managed to drive a vastral of a steward away from Longbourn, and I laughed and applauded the whole way through it!

The courtship of Darcy and Elizabeth was fraught with difficulty, and Bingley made it back in the nick of time to save Jane. But of course true love prevails as always.

I laughed so heartily several places during this book, and I screamed and raged at it at other places, and even threw the book once. And once Darcy shows up, wow what a light show that starts by then. I loved every minute of it! Especially when the whole Meryton and Longbourn community rise up against Collins and De Bourgh at the wedding of Darcy and Elizabeth- for of course they do get their HEA! But Victoria wasn’t finished yet, nope, she had one more ace up her sleeve… You’ll get a hint, a female author wrote about it in 1792 and it made a very big impact later on for females.

I did love both books, even if I had taken quite some time to get through them. I have had quite a few reviews this summer, but hopefully I’ll get some rest in august, and the autumn during my language course in German. But I can’t wait to read more lovely books.

Missing Jane by Bronwen Chisholm

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Hello All, wow July already!? How did that happen I wonder? But I am back, and so is one of my favourites authors who I have been reading privately for years, namely Bronwen Chisholm! Welcome to Bronwen and her newest book, “Missing Jane”

Blurb: 

Mr Bennet is dead; his daughters “scattered to the winds,” according to Mrs Bennet.
And the eldest Miss Bennet? No one really knows.
Poor Mr Bingley is led to believe she is no more, but her sister swears she is alive.
Can Mr Darcy and his friend find her and, in turn, their own happily ever afters?

Review;

During the spring after Darcy’s horrid proposal in Kent. Darcy finally admits his fault to Bingley. To my utter surprise and enjoyment, Bingley actually asks Darcy to leave his home! I couldn’t help but giggle! Yeah, I was delighted that Bingley had the spine to get Darcy to leave! Finally, a Bingley who could stand up for himself, I thought!

When Bingley returns to Hertfordshire, Mr Bennet is dead and the Bennets spread to the four winds, – here I was nearly on the edge of my seat! Including the news that Jane was dead!!!! Omg, I gasped and literally screamed “WHAT?!” I was sure that Bronwen was having a laugh, and I was cursing her up and down my living room while reading in record time! It surely couldn’t be true?!

Luckily we finally see things from Jane’s POV and she has been found by a man from Wales who takes care of her while she is ill and recovers. I was quite surprised at the level of compassion and skill that Jane and her protector have for each other, on a compassionate sense of level.

Darcy is put right by Elizabeth in London and goes to Mr Gardiner to assist in the search for Jane. I couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief that Jane actually was alive, even if the premise of her being dead would have been interesting. Bronwen also introduces a new character, namely a rich aunt who is not only a matchmaker but also a very compassionate aunt to the Bennet girls.

But as always with Bronwen’s books and novellas, a happy ending is achieved in short order! And what a sweet and endearing ending!

Bio:

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Bronwen Chisholm began her writing career working on suspense romance but finally became a published author with her Pride and Prejudice variations. She takes great pleasure in searching for potential “plot twists” and finding the way back to a happy ending.
Her love of writing has led her to several writing groups, and she is currently serving as the vice president of the Riverside Writers and organizes the Riverside Young Writers.
For more information, visit her at www.bronwenchisholm.com.

 

I can definitely recommend this novella! It is worth it! Bronwen has a way of making her readers read her books or novellas in one seating.

A Timely Elopement by Joana Starnes

Hi All! I have lately promised a friend and a much-loved authoress and her new book. So I hope you will enjoy the review of “A Timely Elopement”

Review;

The title sent me into quite a few questions from the first page; an elopement. Darcy and Elizabeth? Or Wickham and Lydia? Or maybe Mr Bingley and Jane? Though unlikely.

No, it surprised me beyond words once the person who was part of the elopement was revealed. Joana again did an intricate dance and surprised us all! Anne De Bough was the one eloping! Sickly and weak Anne! Imagine that! We all feared the outcome through quite a bit of drama which is, of course, Joana’s speciality these days in P&P variations. We all believe she is eloping with Wickham, damned man! But I heaved quite a relieved sigh when I finally found out that Anne was attached to another, an old childhood friend! Thank god for that I murmured when I got to the correct point. Though Anne suddenly also showed a stronger character than I believe we have ever seen! I very nearly applauded when Anne gave Fitzwilliam and Darcy a very good telling off! 

Darcy and Elizabeth were in constant drama with each other, what else is new? Darcy tends to draw conclusions that make us as readers shake our heads in frustration! Though Elizabeth doesn’t make it any easier for him, and neither does her family, to be honest. But gosh did I laugh in relief, scream in frustration and generally get through the whole registry of big feelings throughout this book! It was yet another masterpiece, but gosh a lot of drama those two have to go through before they reach their HEA! 

Darcy’s final proposal was likely the sweetest and most simple proposal. I was wiping away a tear or two at that point! 

And the ending made me laugh so very heartily, it was heartwarming and wonderfully sweet! Amazing masterpiece Joana!   

Author Bio;Joana Starnes the journey home to pemberley

Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. 

A medical graduate, over the years she has developed an unrelated but enduring fascination with

Georgian Britain in general and the works of Jane Austen in particular, as well as with the remarkable

and flamboyant set of people who have given the Regency period its brilliance and glory.

For years, Joana has sought glimpses of Regency Britain in country houses, letters, diaries and old books – and has found tantalising snippets from a world Jane Austen and her characters would have recognised, with titbits of delicious gossip, long-held traditions, hints of fashion, echoes of events that would change history, as well as glances into the lost world of the English country house, in all its self-sufficient splendour.

 All this, Joana would like to share with her readers, in the hope that they would enjoy the journey ​back in time in search of Pemberley just as much as she does.

Authors Note;

I hope you are all safe and are keeping your families well in these unusual times. My family and I are keeping safe and keep our company to a minimum. Thank you for reading this small blog post, and thank you for taking the time to review and comment. I will be back soon.

Love Unsought by Kay Bea

Hello All lovely readers

Yes, Yes I am back with another review. Amazing, it is nearly July already! How did that happen? What a weird spring and summer it has been, all over the world.

But this time I am visited by Kay Bea, and her book “Love Unsought” which is a Pride and Prejudice Variation book, and I do promise it is very good.

Book info: 

Love Unsought Cover
Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy seem determined to misunderstand one another, and after his disastrous proposal, both are eagerly wishing to forget their acquaintance. But fate, with assistance from Darcy’s scheming cousins, contrives to keep them together.

When Miss Darcy is summoned to Kent, the couple has a chance to begin anew, and their budding friendship carries them to London and Hertfordshire. Their feelings deepen but before their new understanding is made known, Elizabeth is sent to Brighton as a chaperone to her youngest sister. Her stay there ends in ruin when Darcy’s past comes to call.

Upon discovering the situation is worse than he feared, Darcy determines he must be the one to make things right. His departure leaves Elizabeth in doubt and their future in question. Was their love too new to withstand a scandal?

A series of missed chances, misdirected letters, and miscommunications keeps the couple apart; it makes require the intervention of their nearest relations to bring them back together.

Review of the book;

I was at first a little sceptical of this book but as Anne De Bough and Richard, Fitzwilliam starts to scheme to get Darcy and Elizabeth to not misunderstand each other any longer. Especially after their many misunderstandings in Kent, and when Georgiana Darcy appears on the scene, it gives our beloved couple a chance to start over. The scheming of Anne and Richard was beyond brilliant, and how Anne manages to keep her true health a secret from her mother, – and it made me chuckle and giggle quite a few times!

The misunderstandings of Darcy and Elizabeth made me quite annoyed and made me say quite a few choice words at the author, but otherwise, I was quite pleased with the plot, and how both Elizabeth and Darcy feel towards each other, it is quite cute, and how shy they both are, and scared of being hurt.

During yet another misunderstanding, this time in the Bennet family, Elizabeth is sent with Lydia to Brighton, while Darcy is winning the approval of Mr Bennet and the neighbourhood. But Brighton and Lydia… gosh I was giving up at that point, but the plot was really quite exciting, as Darcy is making his way towards Brighton to pursue Elizabeth, and after she is lost in the storm as she overhears something horrible, which she misunderstands… My head literally hit the table when I read that, another misunderstanding!

But just before Darcy departs to find Lydia and Wickham who has run off, he passionately kisses Elizabeth! And I thought; YAY! They admitted to their feelings! But then a letter goes awry and as Elizabeth returns to Longbourn, she thinks Darcy doesn’t care for her any longer! And Mrs Bennet… I cannot say anything about her, except she is a horrible character, full stop!

But finally with the scheming of Anne and Richard, and some luck our beloved couple reunites and finally is united in their feelings and their promise to marry! So a happy ending is in sight! I was nearly jumping for joy at this point… I will leave you with this, and let you discover whether Darcy and Elizabeth do get to marry each other or not.

Love Sought may be the prefered thing, but Love unsought… might be the best of those two.

Author info:  

Kay Bea Love Unsought

Kay Bea is an administrative assistant and Jane Austen lover living in Kansas City with her husband of 26 years, her mother-in-law, and her four kids. She has written several short stories and drabbles on fanfiction.net as “I Found My Mr Darcy” and on A Happy Assembly as MrsDarcy2032.

Kay grew up in Wyoming, enjoyed a two-year adventure in Maryland, and now calls Missouri home. When she isn’t writing, Kay enjoys photography, cooking, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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Love Unsought ebook

So that was that for this time! I will return at some point in July with a few more reviews. I hope you all enjoy this latest book, and its message and lovely plot. Thank you to Christina Boyd for thinking of me and including me in the review process, and thank you to Kay Bea for writing such a lovely and sweet if heart-wrenching book.